Recipes for a Turkey-free Table

Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Not feeling the turkey this year? That’s okay, the Pilgrims probably didn’t serve turkey either. Instead, grace your table with these turkey alternatives.

There Are Other Birds

If it’s only the two of you this year, roast a chicken instead of a turkey. Don’t know how? The Kitchn has got you covered. If you do know how, give your roast chicken a holiday makeover. There will be no fighting over drumsticks if everyone gets their own bird. If you want to serve something a little more elegant, try this easy duck confit recipe.

Breathtaking Beef Dishes

Yes, you can serve beef for Thanksgiving. In fact, some people might prefer it. Serve a crowd on a budget with this eye-opening chuck roast. This tender rib roast will have guests coming back for seconds and thirds. Sophistication is the name of the game with flank steak in bourbon cream sauce. We love the idea of serving Boeuf Bourguignon for the holidays.

Practically Perfect Pork

Spend less time in the kitchen and more with your guests by popping a ham in your slow cooker. Pork loin is a simple, yet elegant substitute for turkey. Up your pork loin game with mushrooms and wine. Move over Beef Wellington, this pork version is a treat for the eyes and the tummy.

Surf Without the “Turk”

Seafood was definitely on the Pilgrim’s dinner menu although they probably didn’t have it as good as this herb roasted salmon. You can never, ever go wrong serving lobster. Who doesn’t love shrimp in a cream sauce? Think soup can’t be the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving meal? Think again.


Thinking of ditching the meat altogether but dreading the usual vegetable lasagna? Try these oyster mushroom steaks instead. Not a mushroom lover? These butternut squash steaks are Thanksgiving on a plate. Even confirmed carnivores will be drooling over this greens-and-cheese stuffed pumpkin. Vegetables go upscale with this mushroom wellington recipe.

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